$5 million of Puyehue relief money stolen in Chubut, Argentina

Posted on July 21, 2011 • Filed under: Agriculture, Argentina, Chile, Crime, Enviromental Issues

The director of the Agricultural Emergency and Disaster section of the Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fishing in Argentina, Haroldo Lebed, announced yesterday that 5 million pesos of aid money was stolen from a van in Puerto Madryn, Chubut, according to infobae.com. The money was being sent to the southern province of Chubut to help areas that had been affected by ash fall from the Chilean volcano, Puyehue. Lebed met yesterday morning to sign an agreement for economic aid with Chubut officials, but the funds never made it. The official driving the van with the money was having lunch at a bar when it was broken in to and a suitcase carrying 35 thousand pesos in bills and a check for the remaining amount were stolen. The mayor of Puerto Madryn has organized an intensive operation to find the thieves.
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